GFWC SIGNATURE PROJECT: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION

2018-2020 focus is: Elder Abuse

A puzzle is made of many pieces. Domestic Violence is like a puzzle because it is made of many forms of abuse that are included in the word "Domestic Violence". 

What is Domestic Violence?

According to the US Department of Justice, Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. 

What are the 7 forms of abusive behavior Domestic Violence?

  • Physical abuse is inflicting or threatening to inflict physical pain or injury on a partner o depriving them of a basic need.
  • Emotional abuse is inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on a person through verbal or nonverbal acts. 
  • Sexual abuse is coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. 
  • Economic abuse is attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources and withholding ones access to money. 
  • Psychological abuse is causing fear by intimidation, threatening physical harm to the person or a family member, and forcing isolation from family & friends. 
  • Neglect is refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder.
  • Abandonment is the desertion or a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person. 

It is important to remember that victims of Domestic Violence come from all races, religions, cultures, age groups, genders, sexual orientation, & socioeconomic levels. No state, city, community or neighborhood is immune from Domestic Violence. 

 

Step away from abuse

In line with the 2018-2020 State President's Project theme - Step It Up - we will hold a "Step Away From Abuse" Sock Contest to supply Domestic Violence shelters with socks. 

Club Contest: Entire month of October 2018

Report Form: Postmarked by November 16th, 2018

To participate: Club members purchase pairs of socks for one or more of these groups or categories: babies, boys, girls, ladies, or men. Choose which group or groups of the five you will help. 

Bring the socks your purchased to your October or November meeting. 

Suggestion: Appoint a chairman in charge of collecting the socks and completing the report from the club. 

There will be an award given at the GFWC Pennsylvania Convention to the three clubs that collect and donate the most pairs of socks. One award for a small club, one fore a medium club, one for a large club. 

To be considered for an award, the club must fill out the Report Form which tells this chairman how many pairs of socks were collected and donated by the club. 

REPORT FORM

  • Please complete the report form with the club's total results for each group or category. Example: the club women collected a total of 50 pairs of ladies socks. ladies= 50.
  • Next please fill in the total pairs of socks donated by the club. (Total of all 5 groups).
  • Then send the completed form to Miriam Wellington no later than Friday, November 16th, 2018. Mailing information below. 

 

ELDER ABUSE & NEGLECT

The US Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused each year. (An older adult is defined as someone age 60 or older.)  Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that
only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

What is Elder Abuse?

Each state defines Elder Abuse according to its unique statuses and regulations - definitions vary state to state. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, it is defined as the intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or "trusted" individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to a vulnerable elder.

There are two types of Elder Abuse

Domestic Elder Abuse generally refers to the types of mistreatment that are committed by someone with whom the elder has a special relationship with such as a spouse, sibling, child, friend, or caregiver. 

Institutional Elder Abuse generally refers to the types of mistreatment occurring in residential facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facility, or group home. It is perpetuated by someone with a legal or contractual obligation to provide some element of care or protection. 

  • National Center on Elder Abuse estimates over 3 million Americans now live in nursing homes. 
  • According to NCEA data in 2010, physical abuse comprises 29% of complaints filed by the residents. 

 

What are acts of Elder Abuse?

  1. Physical Abuse
  2. Sexual Abuse
  3. Emotional or Psychological Abuse
  4. Financial Abuse
  5. Neglect
  6. Confinement

Who is at Risk?

  1. Women are more likely to abused then men
  2. Lower income or poverty level individuals
  3. Those suffering from dementia
  4. Those with a functional impairment
  5. Those in poor physical help
  6. Living in a larger family environment

What are some preventative measures?

  1. Take care of your health
  2. Seek professional help for drug, alcohol or depression concerns
  3. Plan for your own future
  4. Stay active in your community, with family and friends
  5. Not giving personal information over the phone
  6. Know your rights

 

It only takes One Action and One Person to make a difference,
spread awareness, and become One Nation united against Elder Abuse. 

 
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Project Chairman:

Marian Wellington
711 Elgin Rd. Newton Square, PA 19073
610.692.8626

tweetymarian@yahoo.com